One thing that really bothered me today with my doctor's visit was that she asked if my symptoms could just be panic attacks. And I just wanted to punch her. I have been having severe NMH/lightheadedness with numbness in my limbs for more than ten years. It is my main disability complaint. And it is only releaved temporarily, if I use something to raise my blood pressure. Most of my symptoms are related to NMH/POTS. I believe my audio processing disorder is related to it, as well as my extreme sound sensitivity. And of course, the weakness and fatigue. If I have to stand up for more than a few minutes, I start to get the numbness in my limbs. To have someone suggest that it "could just be a panic attack" is not only an insult, but just such stupidity. You would think that after all these years, doctors would finally realize that even NMH/POTS is REAL. Yes, I get rapid heartbeat from it, but it has to do with that the bloodpressure gets messed up when I'm standing. I get panic attacks from being ill. I get scared when I'm someplace where I have to stand and there is no chair and I'm getting the numbness in my limbs and I know that if I don't sit or lie down someplace soon, I will be face first on the floor. That alone will make me panicky. I am just so sick of these "degreed doctors" not knowing what they are talking about. And they will do anything they can to try to make it like we're all mentally ill or have anxiety issues. I'd seriously like to give them an anxiety issue. I wish we could sue for huge fines that they treat us this way. She went on to question me as to whether or not I'm agoraphobic/afraid to leave the house. And I was like, NO. My problem is that I am too ILL most of the time to leave the house. I am in too much pain and fatigue to go anywhere. Or I'm too lightheaded on top of the pain and fatigue to go anywhere. Again, I wanted to punch her. She had no words for my extreme sound and light sensitivity. I would love for her to try those symptoms on some time and see what it's like. And she had no words for my audio processing disorder. Gee, I guess I'm making that up, too? Yeah, right. It's just so fun to ask people to keep repeating themselves all day long cause I can't understand a single word they're saying to me. She told me my heart pain is probably just from the fibro. Really? Not quite. The last doc I saw said I've got a weakening of the left ventricle of my heart due to CFIDS and it is progressive. Now, since that was awhile ago, and I've been getting chest pains all year, I'd say it's probably more than that. But I guess this doc will just wait till I'm in the emergency room or dead to do anything about it. Finally, she threw me a prescrip for Tramadol to shut me up about how much pain I'm in. And I'm scared to take it cause I'm not crazy about the fact it can cause seizures as a side effect in some people. It just scares me. So I haven't touched it yet. Not to mention, I keep hearing how addictive it is, even though she said it's not. So that was pretty much my doctor's visit. And I got the standard look, too. You know the one, "Oh, she can't really be as sick as she claims to be. Surely she must be making this up or crazy." BIG SCREAM. When I went for the xrays, the tech was just as clueless. I was in so much fibro pain and laying on the xray table and being told to move about on it was seriously painful. And when I told the tech it was really hurting my legs and hips because of my fibromyalgia, she actually said to me, "Oh, I don't know what that is." Really? It's only been on tv lately like EVERYDAY with the fibro commercials. And most people have heard of fibro whether or not they believe in it, they have heard of it. I could write a book about the abuses we suffer at the hands of the medical community, but I think people already have written books on it and no one seems to care, except us.